Coast athletes remember Mike Leach

Athletes who played for Mike Leach are remembering the iconic coach today.

Leach, 61, died Monday night after suffering a massive heart attack at his Starkville home on Sunday. He was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment after the attack.

Here is what they had to say about Leach:

George County alum Marquez Dortch:

“The news that we got after Sunday’s practice about what had happened to Coach was very unexpected. We didn’t know what was going on or what happened. And me waking up to a phone call this morning and me getting the bad news really left me at a loss for words. I didn’t know what to say. I’m so sorry this happened to Coach. He was a great guy and he always wanted the best from his players every day, no matter what. It was an honor to be coached by him. I will keep his family, friends and the whole Mississippi State family in my prayers as we all go through this tough time. He may be gone, but will never be forgotten!”

Poplarville alum Khalid Moore:

“Coach Leach had a big impact on my life, from even just giving me a chance at the SEC level and meeting him was just amazing. He was an amazing person and an amazing coach. The conversations I did have with him, I never knew where the conversations were going to go. I’m just honestly blessed to have met him and spend the time with him that I did. I’m praying for his family, and may he rest in peace.”

D’Iberville alum Jaden Walley:

“Coach Leach just made us better men, on and off the field! We are hurt by his passing. But if you know Coach Leach, you know that he would want us to keep going forward and not look back! We will miss him dearly. He has been such an inspiration in our lives.”

Gulfport alum J.T. Zakkak:

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